Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Flemington, NJ
Being discharged from the hospital may be cause to celebrate, especially for a senior who spent several weeks in a hospital bed. After all, being able to go home will allow them to become surrounded by familiarity once again. People are most comfortable when they are in their own home, in their own bed that they have grown accustomed to, and surrounded by familiar things.
Once a person is discharged from the hospital, the journey to recovery is not over. They need to do certain things in order to maximize the chances of making a full and healthy recovery. One thing many seniors don’t focus on, though, is finding ways to reduce hospital readmission rates.
While that may be a term hospitals are focused on, it’s a good idea to understand exactly what it means. Hospital readmissions basically refers to any time a person has to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge.
When somebody is readmitted to the hospital, it means something is not going as hoped for with regard to the recovery.
There are many aspects to recovery and one of them that is commonly overlooked is the ability and willingness to listen. People may be so excited that their elderly loved one or themselves are being discharged that they don’t actually hear what the doctors telling them with regard to instructions. During that conversation at the hospital when the doctor is talking, the senior and one or more family members or close friends should be listening to the precise instructions that doctor’s providing with regard to recovery.
If the senior doesn’t understand precisely what the doctor’s telling them, whether he is writing a new prescription for medication, telling them to get exercise, even after heart attack, or anything else, they should be willing to step up and ask questions.
Asking questions will elicit more answers and information. June is Effective Communications Month and one of the best ways to gather the right level of information for anyone is to be clear on what somebody is expressing to them.
When a doctor is offering instructions somebody can use for their own care, the senior should be listening. They should also be encouraged to ask questions if there’s something they don’t understand.
The more questions the elderly individual asks, they’re more likely to improve the chances of making a full recovery and avoiding those emotionally and financially devastating hospital readmissions.
If you or an elderly loved one are considering senior care in Washington Borough, NJ or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.
Comfort Keepers of Flemington, New Jersey, has a team of eight support staff who will be your primary contacts and your advocates.
Nancy Hmieleski, R.N., C., B.S, is the Director of Nursing and supervises the Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA) that work out of the Comfort Keepers Flemington office. Pat Corlett, RN, is the Case Manager.
General Manager Rebecca Tenore, Client Care Coordinators; Suzanne M. White, Kelly Balodis, Christine Lehr, along with Office Assistant, Nancy Russell, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year to answer your questions. You will hear a friendly voice no matter when you call.
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